Evaluation Officer P4

Posted by
World Food Programme
Metropolitan City of Rome, Lazio, Italy
Published 14 days ago

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are seeking to fill the position of Evaluation Officer at the P4 level, based in the Office of Evaluation (OEV) at our Headquarters in Rome, Italy. This is a specialist position and requires a high level of evaluation expertise.


This job is found in Headquarters (HQ) and reports to a Senior Evaluation Officer in the Office of Evaluation.

The evaluation function plays a key role in strengthening WFP’s contribution to ending global hunger. As outlined in the WFP Evaluation Policy, the evaluation function aims to embed evaluation into the heart of an organizational culture of accountability and learning, ensuring that evaluation is planned and budgeted for, and evaluation findings are comprehensively incorporated into all WFP’s policies, strategies and programmes. Evaluations provide WFP decision-makers and all stakeholders with independent assessment of results for accountability and learning and enable WFP to better respond to the needs and expectations of the populations it serves.

In the coming period, OEV will maintain its work on a variety of complex evaluations aiming for a comprehensive and balanced evaluation coverage; it will continue to strive for innovation and improvement in evaluation quality and relevance, expand strategic evaluation partnerships, strengthen WFP’s culture of learning as well as facilitate evidence-based decision-making.

The Director of Evaluation is independent in planning, selecting and presenting centralized evaluations as well as reporting on the performance and resourcing of the overall function to WFP’s Executive Board.


Mainly to provide independent evaluation evidence, assessing the performance and results of policies, programmes, country strategic plans and activities of WFP for accountability and learning to inform future direction. 

 KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Manage evaluation processes and budgets from preparation and design through to completion to ensure the production of independent, credible evidence that meets high professional standards in line with UNEG norms and standards and Ethical Guidelines, embodied in WFP’s Evaluation Quality Assurance System (EQAS).
  2. Source, hire and supervise external consultants to ensure the production of evaluations that meet EQAS requirements.
  3. Engage stakeholder groups, both internal and external to WFP, appropriately in the evaluation process and manage communications.
  4. Contribute to the application of the normative framework, quality support, assessment mechanisms and reporting on evaluation.
  5. Promote WFP's evaluation culture of accountability and learning through analyzing evidence and lessons; preparation of syntheses and summaries of evaluation findings and recommendations; and prepare presentations of these, tailoring messages to specific audiences and platforms, and working with internal and external stakeholders to enhance learning from and use of evaluation evidence in policy, programme and project design.
  6. Act as the focal point within Office of Evaluation for a particular technical theme and/or WFP region, keeping abreast of relevant developments in that technical and/or geographical area and providing relevant evaluation advice and feedback.
  7. Participate and represent the Office of Evaluation in external professional forums and networks to learn from and contribute to latest evaluation practice
  8. Participate in WFP internal monitoring and evaluation expertise groups to enable sharing of experience and development of good practice.
  9. Effectively mainstream cross-cutting issues (equity, gender, inclusion of persons with disability, human rights, humanitarian principles, protection, accountability to affected populations) into WFP evaluation processes and support the organization in mainstreaming these approaches in programme design and implementation to help ensure that the most vulnerable benefit from WFP services.
  10. Manage junior staff members, providing coaching and guidance as required to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.
  11. Other as required.


Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

Strategic Management

Has in-depth knowledge of humanitarian and development actions in different contexts, global geo-political issues and UN Reform and applies it to enhance monitoring and evaluation functions to support WFP Strategic Objectives. Is able to demonstrate to stakeholders the value of monitoring and evaluation for policy and programming in the achievements of the SDGs.

Performance Management

Has strong performance management cycle skills, and understands the value of Theory of Change (ToC). Demonstrates thorough understanding of WFP’s performance management system

Methodology, Approaches and Analysis

Has solid knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methods and analytical approaches in order to oversee and guide others in the selection and application of those to WFP monitoring, review and/or evaluation exercises. Is able to validate data quality and ensure that data collection and analysis have been conducted ethically.

Communication and use

Able to synthesize and communicate effectively evaluation evidence, tailor messaging to diverse internal and external stakeholders and engage in appropriate ways to maximize learning and use of evaluation evidence for improving WFP programme performance.

Influencing and conflict-resolution

Demonstrates active listening, communication, influencing and conflict resolution skills to promote constructive engagement of stakeholders. Ability to manage strong relationships with partners including in the context of joint evaluations.

Evaluation Technical Competencies & Ethics

Solid knowledge of international norms and standards for evaluation, and ability to apply them appropriately, seeking advice where appropriate, to deliver complex evaluations (including joint) of a variety of WFP programmes, processes or policies.

Solid knowledge of human rights and gender equality and ability to ensure that evaluation design, questions, and analysis incorporate this knowledge into most of the settings.

Solid knowledge of evaluation ethics and ability to consistently apply this knowledge in most evaluations; able to ensure that ethics are incorporated into the evaluation process; able to uphold ethics and maintain independence and impartiality under pressure.



·      Advanced University degree in International Development, Economics, Social Science or other relevant field, or First University degree with an additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.


·      Minimum 8 years’ of relevant professional experience both in the field and in Headquarters in international development or humanitarian work, evaluation and/or policy studies.

·      Minimum 5 years’ experience in managing and/or conducting policy or strategic or thematic or country portfolio evaluations in diverse humanitarian and/or development contexts.


·      Fluency (level C) in English

·      Fluency (level C) in either Spanish of French

·      Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and/or Portuguese (a WFP working language) desirable.


·      Familiarity with policy and practice debates on evaluation.

·      Experience in humanitarian and/or development issues in both the field and HQ.

·      Professional experience in more than one continent.

·      Led and/or managed evaluation team(s).

·      Broad knowledge of diverse evaluation practices, concepts, and principles.

·      Excellent research and analytical as well as writing and communication skills.

·      Relevant professional international experience.

·      Membership in professional evaluation association and/or professional certificate in evaluation is highly desired.

·      Experience building strategic partnerships in M&E with multiple stakeholders, including governments, multilateral, bilateral and academia will be an asset.


Non-Rotational Nature

Mobility is and continues to be a core contractual requirement in WFP. This position is however classified as “non-rotational” which means the incumbent shall not be subject to the regular reassignment process unless the position is reclassified as rotational.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance.

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Deadline to submit applications is Sunday, 18 July 2021 (11.59PM CET).

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.


WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.



Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
  • Start Date
    September 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    August 1, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Fluency (level C) in English 
  • Fluency (level C) in either Spanish or French
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and/or Portuguese (a WFP working language) desirable.

  • Fluency (level C) in English 
  • Fluency (level C) in either Spanish or French
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and/or Portuguese (a…


Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

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